Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Force is Strong

The first target of the new unit deals with like and unlike charges.  So we did a quick magnet lab today.
Iron Filings and Magnets
The fields
A close up look
Seeing science

Express Yourself

I like to start each unit with a Vocab activity.  I also like Lymerics.
My favorite one.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

I Love My Job and Explosions

Here are a few samples of our Demo Day.  We did multiple reactions indoors and then took it outside.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Some Making in Makerspace

Here are a few projects kids have been working on.
A grocery bag holder.
Tinting Plexiglass for Cosplay
Painting our Planter
Cutting some wood

Getting Our Waste On!

This is the third to last waste day.  Construction in in full swing.
And we measure.
A hoop house to extend our growing season.
Cutting paper to remake paper
Some students wanted to weld plastic to make a garbage can.  I Love Harbor Freight.  Round one failed.
Headed to YouTube to see if we can find out why.
Reform Plastic into something new.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Making Ain't Easy

Today was a Waste Day.  Kids are continuing to build.  I love the movement, the energy, the intensity.  Kids making, failing, finding what they need, planning, designing, creating.  It was magical.
This will be a clock with the numbers made from trash.
A basketball player creating a defender to practice against.
Creating a cookbook with a theme of vegetables from our school garden.
A rain barrell.
Drilling the tap
The wind turbine from a fan group has lit an LED.
Creating containers from discarded paper.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Build On

Friday was a waste project day.  We are at the point where students are planning and building their projects to reduce waste in their home, school, or community.

A rain barrell
Threading the needle.
Designing a compost bin in Tinkercad.
Testing a wind turbine from a ceiling fan.
Prepping the Vermi compost bin.
T-shirts to grocery bags.

Designing a Frame

Thinking about frames for a water robot.
Watching some videos.
Drawing and taking some measurements.

Friday, November 11, 2016

The Law of Conservation of Matter

Kids did a quick lab where they compared a control to a chemical reaction.  They measured the reactants and the products and compared the results.
Beaker and Chemical
The reaction.

Friday, November 4, 2016

So you wanna build a water robot?

Mr. Hayes and I have begun our water robot after school program.  In February there will be a competition where students will have tasks that their robot will have to perform.  Today we started planning.  We split up into three groups.  One working on a camera.  One working on a body design.  One working on a claw.
Lights.  Camera. Action.
Close up action shot of the drawing.

A Quick Mixture or Five

I set up 5 little demos that students rotate through to separate a few more mixtures.
Sand and Iron Filings
Distillation of food coloring and water.
Evaporating Salt Water
Oil and Water

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

My Kind of Test

Happy Halloween!  Today we tested filters outside.  It was a gorgeous day for it.
Double, Double, Toil and Trouble
Sweet water
Some tried distillation.
Looking Good.
Another success!

A space to talk.

We took over the library today to present our Waste Project Infographics.  A great big thanks To Mrs. Tumminello and Mrs. Wells.  Mrs. T offered up her space and Mrs. Wells offered up her class as an audience for my students to present.  The great part is that her class is also my class so students were able to share ideas with each other.
Explaining and Listening
Such a collaborative space.
Wait I can't see that!
Pictures, words and our voices, Oh My!